A recommended itinerary for one-day excursion in Echigo-Tsumari

This itinerary includes visit to a new work in Kiyotsukyo Tunnel and other artworks outdoor available to see from Spring.

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7:48 Depart Tokyo station
1.5 hours
9:07 Arrive at Echigo-Yuzawa station, rent a car.
30 min
10:00 The entire tunnel stands as an artwork
"Tunnel of Light" by Ma Yansong / MAD Architects
Kiyotsukyo Tunnel is famous for its stanning view and the entire tunnel is an artwork. In addition to a unique public toilet and observation decks created for ETAT2018, a new artwork, covering the wall and floor of the tunnel as if wrapping the toilet with black and white stripes that represents the violent flow of Kiyotsugawa River, has been launched in April 2021. (40-50 min)

※ Booking for timed entry will be necessary during the busy seasons.
20 min
11:15 Discover the charm of the region through art
"For Lots of Lost Windows" by Akiko Utsumi (2006)
One of the must-visit artworks outdoor located in Nakasato ara. The window is for visitors to rediscover landscape of Echigo-Tsumari that spreads out of this frame while swinging curtain captures blowing wind.

※ Please be advised that climbing onto the artwork is prohibited. It is dangerous and could cause damage to the work.
11:30 Checking powerful artworks
"Set North for Japan (74°33’2”)" by Richard Wilson
The artwork standing adjecent to Nakasato Junior High School is the frame of the artist's house in London, being installed to maintain the same angle with respect to the earth. The artwork attemps to relate London and Echig-Tsumari in the same space which are physically and culturally far apart.
2 min
11:50 Large 3D sign board is actually "a small park", too
"Step in Plan" John Körmeling (text design Katsumi Asaba) (2003)
The large signboard suddenly comes into sight as you approach the crossing heading to Matsunoyama from Tokamachi/Matsudai area is the 3D map of Matsunoyama. It is also a small park which you can climb up staircases. The typography on the signboard was designed by one of the most prominent Japanese typographers, Asaba Katsumi. While Körmeling and Asabe had never met until the opening of the festival, they met by chance in front of the work and hugged each other.
5 min
12:00 A perfect lunch stop over.
"Matsudai Nohbutai" by MVRDV
An architectural work designed by Dutch architect practice, MVRDV. You can also visit approximaltey 30 artworks outdoor scattered around Satoyama close to Matsudao Nohbutai and special exhibitions inside the building. It is currently under the renovation and will open to the public in mid July 2021. Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo remains open and "as much as you like" buffet style lunch featuring some 20 dishes local ingridients on Sat, Sun and public holidays.
【ETAT2021 Pre-exhibition】A special exhibition, "16 Ropes" by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov @ Matsudai History Museum
A special pre-exhibition "16 Ropes" by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov who will be presenting new artworks during ETAT2021, has been launched at Matsudai History Museum this spring. The exhibition will be re-staged at Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE in summer. (20-30 min)
13:30 Explore artworks dotted outside of Matsudai Nohbutai on foot
Approximately 30 artworks dotted around Matsudai Nohbutai and Joyama
Joyama is a hilly area spreads behing Matsudia Nohbutai and hosts approximatley 30 artworks in the rice field and amongst trees. Great place to explore on foot after lunch.
14:00 Artworks admired by locals
"Boys with Red Loincloths Returned", "The human re-entering nature", "Inagohabitambo" and more
Unique artworks outdoors (which you can see from the car without getting off) include 40 standing objects wearing red loincloths close to Matsudai Nohbutai, a human-shaped structure covered with ivy and a gigantic grasshopper slide standing in the rice field adjecent to Matsuo Soba restaurant.
20 min
14:40 The only artwork by James Turrell where you can stay overnight
"House of Light" by James Turrell
"House of Light" is an artwork by James Turrell and it is his only work across the world where you can also stay overnight. The artist brought in an artwork of light to the traditional Japanese style house and made the entire space for meditation.
20 min
16:00 Immerse yourself in the "walk-in-pallette"
Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
Seizo Tashima, a picture book artist known for "Chikarataro" and other masterpieces transformed the former elementary school into a museum. Visitors can walk thorugh the old school building with installation of objects made of drift woods and experience a story of the last three students of the school. The museum is also a home for goats during the spring and summer seasons. Stop for a cup of coffee and sweets or delicious lunch using local ingridients at Hachi Café in the museum. (allocate 30-40 min for viewing artworks).
45 min
17:38 Return a rent-a-car and depart Echigo-Yuzawa station
1.5 hours
19:00 Arrive at Tokyo station


Dates April - mid November
Origin / Destination Tokyo (via Echigo-Yuzawa) / Tokyo (via Echigo-Yuzawa)wa)
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